Snoring can be simply viewed as an annoying phenomenon but can be associated with destructive mental, social and physical complications. Snoring can also be a sign of an underlying condition or disease pattern in the body that needs to be treated to promote optimum health. Snoring occurs as the tissues in the throat and the back of the mouth are loose and obstruct the airway. Blockage can come from local tissue: inflammation, poor fluid metabolism (oedema), swelling, obesity, scar tissue, muscular flaccidity, congenital narrowing of the air passages, and mucous overproduction.
Chinese medicine treatment principles are fundamentally built around treating all of the issues related to snoring. Treatments can be geared towards enhancing fluid metabolism, reducing phlegm overproduction, decreasing fatty tissue deposits, improving internal organ and throat muscle tone, and decreasing generalized inflammation.
These are very basic strategies in Chinese medicine that can be achieved through herbs, acupuncture, and lifestyle adjustments, to ultimately improve health and eliminate snoring at its root. A combination of acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can be very effective in treating the condition. Dietary changes may also be suggested by the treating acupuncturist. Prevention pays higher interest than cure.
Snoring is the body way of creating awareness of a preexisting internal imbalance before it leads to future complications. Treating snoring will fundamentally improve internal health, as well as eliminating hazardous nightly noise pollution.